Vermeer – one of my favourite things.
Somebody suggested I blog about my favourite things. The trouble is I have so many things I really REALLY like, and even more that I really REALLY love, it is difficult to choose! So I thought I’d mention Vermeer, one of my favourite artists.
A lot of people don’t realize that he was not well-known in his own life time. He was an artist living in Delft, the Netherlands, born in 1632 and dying aged 43 in 1675 – seems very young to us now, but in those days that was fairly normal. He was commissioned for paintings really only in Delft and in the Hague, where he was also popular. After his death he faded in to obscurity and was virtually unheard-of for two hundred years or so when he was “re-discovered”. Today he is revered as one of the greatest Dutch Golden Age painters.
Vermeer had ten children, and a lot of his window scenes depict a heavily pregnant woman. He was particularly good at showing light coming in through a window. He worked slowly and carefully, and produced only 30-ish works. The film about the girl with the pearl earring increased his popularity, though many of his paintings are of simple domestic scenes.
There. That is one of my favourite things.
Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist. She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites. Her sketches are on her web site http://www.turquoisemoon.co.uk . Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.